Your Southeast Asia Itinerary
Southeast Asia consists of eleven different countries, each situated south of China. The countries are surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east.
The area has become one of the world’s most frequented travel destinations, thanks in large part to the historical Buddhist temples that can be found throughout the region, the warm tropical climate and the flavorful, vibrant cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients.
Southeast Asia is such an appealing destination, in fact, that the number of tourists visiting the area is expected to grow from 129.2 million in 2018 to 155.4 million by the year 2022.
But before booking your ticket, it’s important to get acquainted with what the region has to offer and devise an itinerary that will bring your dream vacation to life.
We’ve compiled some of our top recommendations for traveling Southeast Asia in hopes of assisting those who are interested in visiting this remarkable corner of the earth.
What are the Best Places to Visit?
When establishing your Southeast Asia itinerary, you’ll want to ensure you’re visiting the countries and cities that appeal to you the most. Every traveler is unique and thus the attractions, cultural experiences, and types of excursions that one person finds appealing may not be as intriguing to the next.
We’ve included a list of a few different suggestions based on potential interests.
For the History Buff
Are you captivated by ancient architecture? Do you enjoy exploring the sacred wonders of the world? Is your ideal vacation one where you feel as though you’ve taken a step back in time? If so, the beautiful and historic Buddhist temples of Myanmar and Laos are a must-see.
These countries are often referred to as “The Land of a Thousand Temples”— and rightfully so. There are more than 2,000 temples and other spiritual structures that still stand in this world-renowned architectural wonderland.
Furthermore, Myanmar is one of the best places to travel in Asia if you are looking to take in the alluring art of traditional Burmese dance, purchase an authentic Yoke thé puppet, or savor one of the nation’s specialty dishes, including laphet thoke and mohinga.
For the Nature-Lover
If you’re someone who likes to capture views of animals and landscapes that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, the lush forests and expansive caves of Borneo are a spectator’s paradise.
Considered one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, Mount Kinabalu National Park is home to a variety of animals and more than 1,000 orchid species.
Our Borneo: Land of the Orangutan tour highlights the majestic apes of this land and will leave you with stunning photographs that will last a lifetime.
For the Savvy Snorkeller
If you’re always ready to strap on a scuba diving mask and explore the ocean, some of the world’s healthiest and most populated reefs can be found in the Philippines.
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park alone is home to more than 600 fish species and over 300 varieties of coral.
Jomalig Island, located in the Quezon province, is also considered a premier snorkeling destination amongst diving enthusiasts. It’s glistening sandy gold beaches and crystalline waters make it an idyllic spot for observing underwater life.
Planning on traveling Southeast Asia but finding it difficult to narrow down which destinations to include on your must-see list? Don’t fret— you have options!
At Zegrahm, we offer multiple Southeast Asia itinerary choices that include several hot-spots in one convenient trip.
Below are some of our most popular expeditions:
This one-of-a-kind excursion takes participants to three of the best places to travel in Asia, with one convenient, easy-to-book package.
The voyage begins aboard the Sabaidee Pandaw, a double-decker ship with fourteen guestrooms, suitable for accommodating up to 24 people. The vessel also offers a bistro-style dining room that is operated by a master chef and a team of experienced culinary professionals.
Enjoy panoramic views as you float along the upper Mekong River and when you finally come ashore, explore Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s many Buddhist temples— some of which date back to the 16th century.
Begin your adventure in the vibrant city of Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. Here you’ll learn more about the city’s inter-cultural heritage— a result of the municipality being previously owned by both the Chinese and the French.
Taste authentic Vietnamese Pho, taking note of the aromatic broth and the symphony of herbs and spices. People-watch as locals crowd the streets, selling textiles and street food at lively markets.
Then, after you’ve been exposed to what the city has to offer, step aboard a beautiful boat and enjoy a two-night cruise around Lan Ha Bay— a spectacular natural wonder made famous by its deep turquoise waters and monumental limestone islands.
We’re confident that after you’ve taken in the scenic landscape, you’ll agree Lan Ha Bay is an absolute must on any Southeast Asia itinerary.
For those wanting to explore ancient ruins and visit awe-inspiring sacred sites, this excursion is an ideal fit.
The trip begins in Yangon, Myanmar, where you’ll stay at the Belmond Governor's Residence— a luxury hotel adorned with traditional teak accents, surrounded by luscious, tranquil gardens. You’ll dine in the Mindon Lounge, where you’ll listen to the sounds of birds and inhale the natural fragrance of your flowering surroundings.
After your stay, you’ll travel on to Mandalay, where you’ll be escorted to the World Heritage Site city of Amarapura and traverse its flagship wooden footbridge— a sight that photographers travel from around the globe to capture in person.
When is the Best Time to Travel?
The best time to visit Southeast Asia will depend entirely on what you are hoping to accomplish while vacationing in the area, and which regions you intend to visit.
In more southern regions, October through to February is considered the rainy season (this includes Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore). These are the months when these areas are more likely to experience extreme weather.
In countries that are a little further north, like Thailand, Laos and the Philippines, the rainy season occurs from May/June to October, with typhoon warnings often being issued in September and October.
Tourists are advised to consult with travel professionals regarding weather considerations before traveling Southeast Asia.